IPL 2021 Auction: 10 big stars who have been released and don’t have an IPL contract

IPL 2021 Auction: Earlier on Wednesday, IPL teams announced their list of released and retained players ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions. Interestingly, there were quite a few names like Steve Smith to Glenn Maxwell who faced the axe and are without an IPL contract. In this article, we take a look at the Top 10 players who have been released by their respective franchises.

Kings XI Punjab has the highest remaining purse value (53.2 cr) going into the IPL 2021 auctions while Delhi Capitals have the lowest remaining purse of 9cr.

Steve Smith

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have released Steve Smith for the upcoming IPL 2021 auction. Smith’s weak impact as a leader and batsman featured prominently in the 2020 season review conducted by the franchise.

One of the most prolific run-scorers in world cricket, Smith did not have a good tournament with the bat in the previous IPL season which was said to be one of the main reasons behind RR’s poor show in the tournament. Smith got his IPL 2020 campaign off to a good start with back-to-back fifties, but both knocks came at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium – which was the smallest of the three venues in UAE.

Smith then struggled for rhythm as RR witnessed a downward spiral in the tournament. Smith has played all the 14 league matches, scoring 311 runs at a strike rate of 131, including three half-centuries. In his absence, Rajasthan Royals have named the young Sanju Samson as the skipper.

Glenn Maxwell

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Wednesday announced that they have decided to retain 16 members of their IPL 2020 squad and the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell have been released from the squad ahead of the 2021 season. Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, who was bought for INR 10.75 crores had a poor IPL 2020 season and was not able to do justice to his price tag.

Piyush Chawla

CSK was one of the teams who were expected to have a major squad overhaul ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions, given their poor show in the last season. The Chennai-based franchise has released veteran spinner Piyush Chawla and middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav. Opener Murali Vijay has also been released by the Dhoni-led side ahead of the new season.

Chawala was CSK’s most expensive buy at Rs 6.75 crore in the player auction in 2019. However, the returns from the spinner were far from impressive as he managed only seven appearances for the side and picked up six wickets. With CSK finally deciding to get rid of the deadwoods, it was only right the spinner faced the axe.

Sheldon Cottrell

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Wednesday announced that they have decided to retain 16 members of their IPL 2020 squad and the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell have been released from the squad.

Cottrell also got very limited opportunities, only six appearances picking up only six wickets in the IPL 2020 season.

Kedar Jadhav

The 35-year-old cricketer had a horrific run with Chennai in the UAE and later had to warm the benches. The pocket-sized dynamo only managed 62 runs from eight outings with the highest score of 26 at a strike rate of 93.93. As a result, his exclusion doesn’t come as a surprise.

Incidentally, Kedar Jadhav was roped in by Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 2018 IPL for a whopping sum of Rs 7.8 crore. He played only the opening match scoring 24 runs before being ruled out of the entire tournament owing to a hamstring injury. In the next season, Jadhav managed to score 162 runs before missing the playoffs. The all-rounder was available for the whole 2021 edition but had to be benched for his poor performances.

Murali Vijay

The right-hand batsman, who was once a star in the franchise’s line-up, has failed to fire ever since rejoining the side in 2018. Vijay was given 3 matches to prove his worth last season but he managed to amass only 32 runs and was subsequently dropped from the side before Ruturaj Gaikwad made the opening spot his own.

Aaron Finch

Swashbuckling batsman Aaron Finch was amongst the 10 Royal Challengers Bangalore released players, which includes 5 foreigners and five Indians ahead of the 2021 IPL auctions. The Virat Kohli-led team will also be without Parthiv Patel, who has retired from IPL and Dale Steyn, who has skipped the tournament this season.


Chris Morris

Chris Morris is yet another foreigner who have failed to retain his contract ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions. Morris failed to have any impact last season, scoring just 34 runs off the bat in his 9 appearances. He managed 11 wickets but the Virat Kohli-led side decide to cut loose with the all-rounder and is evident will be going after some of the big names in the auction.

Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga has been released by Mumbai Indians for IPL 2021 after missing out on IPL 2020 to be with his sick father. Lasith Malinga is the all-time leading wicket-taker in the Indian Premier League and he has played for Mumbai Indians ever since the inception of the IPL

Malinga did not play for Mumbai Indians but he was the bowling mentor of the side. Remarkably, he returned in IPL 2019 where his wicket of the final ball in the final against Chennai Super Kings gave Mumbai Indians a tense one-run win as they won the title for the fourth time.

Lasith Malinga missed IPL 2020 as he had to attend to his father who was ill. In Lasith Malinga’s place, James Pattinson was included and he impressed in a few games along with Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was one of the back-up pacers, played in the final and performed decently but no side could stop Rohit Sharma’s side from becoming the five-time champions as they brushed aside Delhi Capitals.

James Pattinson

Defending champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday retained their core-group and released seven players. Pacer James Pattinson was however amongst the ones to find himself without a contract. With Maling, Coulter -Nile and Pattinson gone, MI will be on the lookout to strengthen their bowling squad in the upcoming IPL auction.